On Friday, April 5, 2024, The Baltimore Sun reported that Baltimore District Court Judge Kevin M. Wilson resigned amid misconduct allegations.

According to the article, Judge Wilson faced five charges of judicial misconduct filed by the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities related to inappropriate physical contact with a female lawyer. The charges stem from an encounter between Judge Wilson and the unnamed attorney that occurred after a Baltimore City Bar Association Young Lawyers Division event in May of last year.

The Commission’s investigation found that when the woman stood up to leave the smaller dinner that followed the main event, Judge Wilson inappropriately touched her leg in an up-and-down motion. Two other attorneys witnessed this incident. The woman told investigators that Judge Wilson then placed his hand under her skirt and touched her buttocks.

If the charges against him had been held before the Commission, Judge Wilson could have faced sanctions ranging from reprimand to removal from the bench. However, with his resignation effective immediately, the scheduled two-day hearing in May was canceled.

According to a statement made by one of Judge Wilson’s attorneys, he acknowledged putting his hand on the woman’s ankle, calf, and lower hamstring but denied any other physical contact. The attorney indicated that Judge Wilson realizes his actions made the woman uncomfortable and that he sincerely apologizes. His legal team said Judge Wilson had been meeting bi-monthly with a counselor to improve his interpersonal skills and prevent similar situations.

Judge Wilson served as a District Court judge in Baltimore City since 2013 following a previous career as a state prosecutor. With his resignation, an appointment to the bench which would have lasted until 2023 came to an early end. At the time he resigned, the position paid approximately $181,000 annually.

In a statement, one of Judge Wilson’s attorneys highlighted his 25 years of public service but acknowledged his term had expired, and he was retiring to explore new opportunities.

 

 

Source: The Baltimore Sun